Of all our relatives, Uncle Jimmy has always been the most obsessed with our Irish ethnic background. This St. Patrick’s Day he explained to us all about how our patron saint chased the snakes-pagans and Druids-out of Ireland.
“Eventually,” he said, “we were confronted with those other snakes, the English and Protestants.”
Not surprisingly, he gave each of us kids a biography of Eamon de Valera and one of Michael Collins.
He’s like an Irish version of Michael Constantine in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”.